H2 Energy Ecosystem UK Limited is seeking approval for a pioneering hydrogen generation scheme on the former Puma Energy site in Milford Haven, South Wales. If given the green light, this project could mark the first of its kind in the region and potentially revolutionize the energy landscape.
The ambitious plan involves the construction of an electrolysis hydrogen generation facility and associated storage infrastructure on the brownfield Amoco Road site, which has been dormant since the cessation of refinery operations in 2014.
Green Hydrogen: A Game-Changing Approach
At the heart of this proposal lies a 20-megawatt (MW) hydrogen generation plant, occupying a 1.7-hectare area. This facility is projected to produce an average of five tonnes of hydrogen per day, a substantial output that could significantly impact the renewable energy sector.
What sets this project apart is its commitment to green energy sources. The electricity required for hydrogen production will be sourced from the on-site substation, powered by green electricity generated by UK wind farms. This emphasis on sustainability aligns with the global push for cleaner and greener energy solutions.
Government Support and Job Creation
The green hydrogen project has already gained recognition from the UK government. It has been shortlisted for funding under the Hydrogen Business Model and Net Zero Hydrogen Fund: Electrolytic Allocation Round 2022. This selection indicates the project’s potential to drive substantial progress toward achieving net-zero emissions.
Subject to government support, the 20 MW electrolytic hydrogen production facility could become operational within two years. This endeavor is expected to create 17 permanent, high-skilled jobs in the Milford Haven region, offering a boost to the local economy.
The Technology Behind the Transformation
At the heart of this project is the revolutionary technology of electrolysis. This process splits water into its constituent elements, hydrogen, and oxygen, with the resulting hydrogen gas being the key output. This hydrogen can serve multiple purposes, including fueling cars, engines, and turbines, and even acting as a liquid fuel for various modes of transport.
A Regional and National Impact
The hydrogen generated at this facility is not limited to local use. It is planned to supply industrial clusters in Milford Haven, Port Talbot, and other sites across Wales. Additionally, it will be a vital component in green transport initiatives, powering trucks and tugboats. The adaptability of hydrogen in various sectors makes it a versatile and forward-thinking solution.
Rolf Huber, the founder and CEO of H2 Energy, expressed optimism about the project, stating, “South Wales is well positioned to benefit from renewable energy opportunities, particularly following the success of the Celtic Freeport bid. Our project is progressing well, and if successful under the Hydrogen Business Model and Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, we will be given the opportunity to contribute to making the region a hub for the green transition within the UK.”